RIM – Senior Interaction Designer (0900834)

Ottawa, ON

Research In Motion Limited® (RIM)® is a world leader in the mobile communications market and has a history of developing breakthrough wireless solutions. RIM’s portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies is used by thousands of organizations around the world and includes the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless HandheldT product line, software development tools and software/hardware licensing agreements. RIM is seeking driven individuals who can take our wireless data products to the next level in the global wireless market. Are you ready to make a difference in the world of mobile communications with RIM?

Position Summary

We are looking for Senior Interaction Designers to create compelling design solutions that cross both the mobile and desktop user experience, with a focus on media and content management for Mac/PC and Web applications.

You are passionate about design and prolific in creating engaging visual content and design interactions with a meticulous focus on simplicity and elegance. You are well versed in the tools of graphic design and animation and communicate your ideas and concepts effortlessly using storyboards, simulations, prototypes or videos.

Responsibilities

As a member of the IxD team you will help to further understand and define user behaviors and interactions, exploring and proposing innovative features, developing and refining concepts and playing a key role in their implementation. You will work in a cross-functional team that includes usability analysts, engineers, marketing, product managers, as well as other interface/visual designers. The ability to quickly grasp and distill highly complex matters are essential skills. You must be fluent in user centered design methodologies and information architecture and be able to apply this knowledge across a wide range of platforms. You will be responsible for presenting and documenting your user interfaces designs. You will be responsible for developing user interfaces designs specifications and guidelines.

As an advocate for the consumer, you strive for innovation and simplicity by leveraging research, strategic thinking and your experience, building relationships within a technology centric organization. Leading by example you will contribute directly to projects as well as through design direction, project reviews and leading brainstorming sessions. You will guide and mentor others on the team, sharing your personal strengths and experience.

Qualifications

  • Ability to formulate simple, elegant interaction design solutions
  • Ability to formulate and distill design rationale and guidelines for your work.
  • Attention to detail both functional and aesthetic
  • Demonstrate design solutions using interactive prototypes on handheld and PC
  • Ability to work on your own or as part of a team
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize work in a fast paced environment
  • A skilled communicator comfortable with meetings and presentations
  • Exceptional understanding of user centered design methods and principles
  • Experience with contextual and lab-based research methods
  • An understanding of underlying technical requirements and constraints
  • Practical knowledge of graphic design tools, such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash
  • BA in either Human Factors/HCI, Industrial Design, Multimedia Design or related field
  • A minimum of 7 years creating user experiences for commercial software
  • 1-2 years experience in a senior design role

If you’re driven to take wireless technologies to the next level, it’s time you join the team at RIM. We offer a challenging environment that fosters creativity and rewards excellence. Employees also have use of our award winning BlackBerry!

Apply Online

BeSocial.com – Visual/Interaction Designer

Mid-town Toronto, ON

Summary

besocial Own the visual design that defines BeSocial.com as well as art direction and brand identity for the company.

About Us

Interested in working for a startup technology company with lots of energy and excitement? BeSocial.com is looking for the brightest and most talented candidates to join our team. We’re a small company based in Toronto with a great opportunity for anyone who joins to make a big impact.

At BeSocial, we value efficiency, working smart, and exceeding the status quo. We place great emphasis on maintaining a transparent and autonomous environment where everyone’s opinion is respected and where people’s contributions are acknowledged and rewarded. BeSocial is also proud to be an equal opportunity employer; we’re not influenced by race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, or any other factor irrelevant to doing a great job.

If you feel you’re up to the task, we’d love to meet you. If this is not a fit for you, please feel free to forward this message along to others who may be interested in learning about this opportunity.

The Ideal Profile

  • You’re an experienced user-centered designer focused on both visual and interaction design for the web.
  • You think strategically, deliver pixel-level detail, and have a passion for visually defining a brand. You also have a talent for understanding users and identifying their needs so that you can design and document solutions to real-life problems.

Responsibilities

  • Design various aspects of our online presence, such as web user interface design, page layouts, promotional landing pages, email newsletters/campaigns, and Flash banners.
  • Design (occasionally) graphic print pieces for marketing, developer communications, presentations at conferences and high profile meetings.
  • Maintain working knowledge of CSS and HTML (although another team member will be responsible for production code).
  • Quickly understand the constraints of a design challenge and identify the tradeoffs.
  • Monitor visual design consistency across all projects and mediums: layouts, color palettes, typography, iconography, etc.
  • Communicate your design thinking via thorough specifications and reviews. Produce design deliverables that are easily accessible by anyone in the company.
  • Provide feedback to the product development process and contribute to prioritizing work.
  • Work under the pressures of deadlines, handling multiple responsibilities simultaneously.
  • Contribute to a culture of innovation and teamwork.

Qualifications

  • 3+ years visual design experience at an agency, studio or contractual work.
  • Extensive knowledge of visual design, information design, and interaction design.
  • BFA or MFA in Graphic Design, Digital Media Design or Visual Arts.
  • Required software and technical knowledge: Photoshop, Illustrator, and Fireworks.
  • Strong portfolio featuring design samples.
  • Experience with a version control system such as Subversion.
  • Proven ability to define problems and solutions independently and with teams.

Assets (not required)

  • Experience creating or maintaining visual interface guidelines.
  • Extensive knowledge of (X)HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX and DOM. Also knowledgeable about degrading functionality and presentation gracefully when needed.
  • Full understanding of W3C standards, specifications, and best practices with respect to security, scalability, maintainability, reliability and usability, as well as cross-browser compatibility issues.
  • Desired software and technical knowledge: Flash.
  • Academic background in human factors/ergonomics, cognitive science, psychology or HCI.
  • Experience conducting user testing.
  • You love food and dining out, otherwise known as a Foodie.

Availability

Part-time, with the opportunity (and willingness) to join our growing team full-time.

Location

You’re preferably located near central/downtown Toronto and will work remotely from your home/office.

Compenstation

A competitive compensation and equity package will be negotiated based on experience and performance. Comprehensive health and dental benefits are available for full-timers.

Join Us…Apply Today!

Want to join us? Please send your resume and a cover letter with the subject "Your Name – Visual Designer – via BeSocial.com" to jobs@besocial.com. You must include a portfolio that shows deliverables you directly worked on. All communication and correspondence is held in the strictest confidence to ensure that you can connect and learn more without exposure.

Only those candidates who are considered for an interview will be contacted.

StickerYou – User Experience Architect – Short-Term Contract

Toronto, ON

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Company Background

StickerYou is an upcoming web platform for consumers to create, customize and order high quality stickers. It is a new exciting start-up company with a website launch in Spring 2009. It will be one of the most stimulating places on the Internet for users who want to access, create and customize images, according to their own lifestyle, that can be ordered. We are looking for a highly talented User Experience Architect to work with our development team (downtown Toronto).

Skills Necessary

A highly skilled User Experience Architect with 8+ years experience in software and/or a web based interactive applications. The ability to translate business objectives and technical development into a user centered, intuitive, functional, and aesthetically appealing design. The deliverables would be detailed documents for Interaction Flows, User Interface blueprints, and a Wireframe schema.

  • Ability to conceptualize and navigate website designs
  • Experience with user-centered design techniques, and creating organizational concepts and project processes for web sites both large and small
  • Proven track in information architecture industry standards and best practices
  • Use design recommendations to articulate user interfaces via mockups and prototypes
  • Courses in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Human Factors, Cognitive Psychology, Behavioral Science is a plus

You will be supported with detailed business case documentation, functional specs, and a preliminary User Interface design. You will compliment and work closely with our small software development and design team to create the most inspiring and user-friendly on-line creation experience.

Apply

Send your resume and hourly rate to:

Andrew Witkin
President, StickerYou Inc.
awitkin –at- stickeryou dot com

Arktyp – UX/Graphic Designer

Toronto, ON

Join a killer design team

Arktyp, a small UX design studio in Toronto, Canada is seeking a highly talented UX / Graphic designer to join their growing design team.

Eligible candidates should:

  • posses a minimum of 5 years experience in web design
  • present a portfolio that demonstrates an understanding of how to design for standards compliant web media
  • can translate project goals into a relevant feature-set for a web application
  • can architect information, and define design systems
  • be highly organized and pay close attention to all details
  • understand how to translate brand experience to user experience
  • be highly proficient with required design tools (Adobe PS, AI, ID, FL, DW, FW, Acrobat)
  • be highly aware of the latest web technologies, trends, products and applications
  • approach design as problem solving versus decorating
  • want to evolve, innovate and mature the web from where it stands today
  • understands that Web 2.0 is not a design style
  • be able to develop distinct visual languages and presents a portfolio that demonstrates this
  • can design functionality as well as interface (how things work, not only how they look)
  • does not rely on a signature style, but rather can rationalize why a proposed style is appropriate
  • has an un-quenchable thirst for realizing bigger and better design ideas

Job Description

You’ll be touching every aspect of the design process, from architecture to branding to interface design. We seek individuals that can look at a design problem from top down and bottom up – and understand how to treat every critical element. We don’t have IA’s, AD, CD’s here – we all architect, brand and design as a collaborative team. The designer is the architect and the usability expert and the brand consultant. We don’t segment these aspects of a web project to "groups", and the right designer for this job will excel at realizing, innovating and owning the interplay between these all these critical parts of the project.

Required Skillset

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Indesign
  • Adobe Flash (not necessarily AS)

Nice to have’s

  • XHTML / CSS
  • Flash Actionscript
  • Adobe After Effects
  • 3d modeling and animation

Ideal entries should be website portfolios and resumes as PDFs. This is a designer position, so if your primary skill-set is development/code, you need not apply.

Send your best to noticeme@arktyp.ca

BigPark – Senior GUI Designer

Vancouver, BC

Job Description

GUI designers are responsible for translating the visual components of the brand across interactive properties, working with photography, typography, video, animation and copy. GUI designers solve various user problems by creating elegant interfaces that clearly execute on design briefs while following user recommendations from various specialists within the web & game teams.

GUI designers are proficient with translating wire frames, persona data, and information architecture diagrams into pixel-perfect, visually compelling designs.

Candidate Responsibilities

  • Define and develop project objectives, implementing project milestones in conjunction with Development Managers and Game Directors
  • Apply user interaction principles to work, demonstrating an accomplished understanding of user centered design
  • Conceptual Development of mood boards, developing photographic style and typographic treatment
  • Produce conceptual storyboards, site grids, and interface demos to communicate interaction and design ideas
  • Work with Software Engineers to ensure correct implementation of designs
  • Present design ideas to Web & Game Directors
  • Lead and mentor other designers to enable effective execution of projects

Candidate Requirements

  • 5+ years of professional experience working in interactive / GUI design. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in both web and game GUI design
  • Design portfolio demonstrating passion and enthusiasm for multi-discipline design techniques including web design and game GUI’s
  • Additional experience in motion, animation and 3D design would be an Asset
  • Experience mentoring small teams
  • Solid understanding aspects of user centered design
  • Ability to communicate and maintain consistent and compelling visual style
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment with limited supervision

Candidate Profile

  • Self-starter who works well with a team
  • Must be able to complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Dynamic problem solver
  • Organized
  • Accountable
  • Collaborative
  • Passion for playing video games
  • Interested in Mentoring
  • Keep up to date on new industry trends
  • Good sense of humor

About BigPark

BigPark (www.bigpark.com) is a new media company that is creating innovative and entertaining social experiences for the rapidly growing online games and social network markets.  We have assembled a team of world class designers, artists and engineers and have created an energetic and creative culture at our development studio located on the UBC campus.  BigPark is a privately held company, founded by an experienced group of industry veterans.

To apply, send an email with your resume to careers@bigpark.com. Please include Senior GUI Designer in the subject line of your email response.

Rogers Wireless – Mobile Interaction Designer

Toronto, ON

Rogers Wireless, Canada’s largest wireless carrier, is looking for a passionate mobile interaction designer to join our User Experience team, to be based in Toronto, Ontario.

This individual will be responsible for the concept, design and execution of intuitive, highly usable, engaging user interfaces for all mobile devices and applications in Rogers Product Portfolio.

The ideal candidate will possess excellent user interface design skills, a strong understanding of human interface design, and a natural ability to understand users’ needs. Previous experience in application and/ or web design is essential, while experience in mobile device design is highly desired. A gifted eye for aesthetics and attention to detail are a must.

This individual is an analytic problem solver who can take user research, user & business requirements and translate them into user interface designs that are highly usable and engaging. Throughout the new product development process, this individual will be called upon to produce mock-ups, wireframes, storyboards, screen flows and prototypes (paper and/or interactive). As the successful candidate will design and produce all final graphical assets that will appear in Rogers mobile devices and applications, experience in icon design is essential.

This individual will also help to author, implement and test detailed user interface specifications and will be involved in roadmap planning & coordination, user interface concept development and technical specification development for vendor use.

The successful candidate will have strong organizational and problem solving skills, excellent communication skills both written and oral, and solid relationship building skills. The deployment of new products is the result of a team effort, so the ability to work in a team environment is required.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conceive, design and produce iconography and graphical UI elements for all mobile devices, applications and services.
  • Develop a visual evolution roadmap for all iconography and graphical UI elements.
  • Design user interfaces for mobile devices, services and applications in the Rogers Product Portfolio.
  • Communicate, test and validate this UI designs by producing mock-ups, wireframes, storyboards, screen flows and prototypes (paper and/or interactive).
  • Assist in ensuring new devices and applications are properly architected from end-to-end based on user experience guidelines.
  • Act as Subject Matter Expert (SME) for User Interface and User Experience
  • Testing and evaluation of new devices and applications.
  • Assist in evaluation of new and existing vendors ability to comply with UI/UE requirements
  • Providing user interface guidance to device OEMs and internal product managers for application development.
  • Participate / co-ordinate conference calls between device manufacturers and third party vendors for product development.
  • Provide support and assistance to New Product Development team members for all new product launches.
  • Other day-to-day activities and/or projects as outlined by the manager.

Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary education (preferably in graphic design, interaction design, multimedia design, industrial design or a related field).
  • 2-3 years of user interface design experience focusing on mobile (highly desired) web, or software applications.
  • An outstanding portfolio of work demonstrating the successful delivery of innovative, easy-to-use, visually stunning interface design solutions.
  • Exceptional understanding of fundamental design disciplines (typography, composition, color and animation) and principals (affordance, clustering, progressive disclosure, consistency, etc…)
  • Ability to work effectively and independently on multiple simultaneous tasks within a fast pace environment.
  • Proficiency in graphic design tools, including Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Proficiency in visual prototyping and wireframing tools, such as Visio, Illustrator and Flash.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel)
  • Excellent oral & written communication abilities.
  • Strong problem solving skills, detail oriented, with the ability to manage multiple tasks, deadlines and priorities.
  • Highly motivated individual with superior organizational and analytical skills.
  • Knowledge of overall wireless industry – GSM/GPRS/EDGE/HSDPA, Bluetooth, WiFi, etc…
  • Willingness to work flexible hours to meet changing deadlines.

Apply

Applications can be email to Markus Grupp, Manager – User Experience on Markus.Grupp at rci.rogers.com.

Nexklix – Freelance UX Architect

Toronto, ON

NexKlix is seeking a self-motivated freelance user experience architect to work with our strategy and design team. Immediate work includes defining and designing the user experience for a leading Canadian financial news portal. Future projects will be given on a project-to-project basis.

NexKlix is a Toronto based User Experience consultancy focused on defining, planning and designing online user experiences.

About the Project

The project is for a leading Canadian financial news portal. The project involves the planning and design of numerous features to assist users to find relevant markets information to make informed investment decisions. The work will include developing wireframes, functional specifications and executing informal usability studies.

Job Description

Must have 3+ years of Information Architecture or related experience in:

  • participating in client planning meetings to gather and evaluate project requirements
  • developing personas to inform scenarios, and use cases
  • developing wireframes, user flow diagrams, prototypes, and functional specifications to inform creative and development teams
  • participate in team meetings and client reviews
  • plan and execute formal and informal usability reviews
  • conduct heuristic evaluation on existing functionality to provide usability insights and design recommendation

Other requirements:

  • have an established work experience in developing high-impact user-centered solutions with strong references
  • must be able to demonstrate your architectural work with samples of your documentation
  • strong visual communication skills and the ability to present them to the design team, client stakeholders and development leads
  • self-motivated and self-managed and ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
  • must be detailed oriented, work must exhibit complete accuracy in how it meets user and business requirements
  • must be able to communicate effectively with complex team environments
  • a creative thinker with a desire to develop innovative solutions that are inline with the client’s bigger picture
  • must be able to work flexible hours, attend onsite team and client meetings
  • must be efficient in Omni Graffle on the MAC or Visio on the PC.
  • the client is located in downtown Toronto, no additional travel is required

This is an immediate position, only serious and experience persons apply.

Apply

Please send your resume to careers@nexklix.com

Making an end run around PayPal

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To: 66239 (MOBEX) 
Message:SEND $5 4165551234

What do you get when you cross PayPal with Twitter?

You get something that looks remarkably like RBC’s Mobex Mobile Payment Service. The service lets Canadians send money from their mobile phones. Feels kind of European. It’s like the future but it’s here right now. Basically, you sign up over the web for an intermediary account. The account is connected to your bank accounts and your credit cards. The service is currently limited to a maximum $100/day transfer. But it is not hard to see beyond these initial limitations. (The program is in pilot for “Friends and Family”).

Participants in the trial are able to use the RBC Mobex payment service on their existing mobile phone, providing it has SMS – text messaging capability. Users simply send a text message to RBC Mobex with the dollar amount and the recipient’s cell phone number. Funds are then taken from the sender’s Mobex account and moved to the recipient’s Mobex account. The recipient also receives an instant text message on their cell phone to let them know when the money has been sent to them.

Amounts of up to $100 per day can be sent to anyone with a mobile phone serviced by any Canadian wireless carrier, even if they do not have an RBC Mobex account. Recipients just need to register for the payment service to access their funds. The RBC Mobex account is a stored value account and enrollment is through the RBC Mobex web-site, where money can be loaded from any bank account with any financial institution in Canada, or by using a credit card. – RBC’s mobile phone payment system lets Canadians send and receive money right from their cell phones

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You can add money to your account from your bank account or your credit card as a transaction. That means it’s not a cash advance and you’re not charged the loan shark interest rates. It is interesting to connect accounts to a mobile phone number. Now that Canadians have Mobile Number Portability it is possible to start using these as unique identifiers. (There are still open questions about the longer term use of mobile phones a unique identifier).

It is interesting to see a Canadian financial institution build prototypes and begin to investigate the marketplace for alternative payment tools. It is not that the financial institutions are stagnant, they continue to build services like Email Money Transfer with Interac. I wonder how many Canadians have PayPal accounts?

“In the U.S. and Canada, PayPal is used for 70% of the gross merchandise value on the eBay platform” – Dana Stalder, VP of Marketing & Business Operations, PayPal

But this is a great attempt to build the next generation of personal banking solution by an existing trusted institution. It will be interesting to see what the next generation of Canadian consumers think of using their mobile phone as a banking tool. With 58% of 12-17 year olds owning a mobile phone (Forrester’s Consumer Technographics Q1 2005 North American Youth Devices & Access and Finance Online Study) and over 76% of US households increasing to over 90% for GenY homes, it makes perfect sense to bet on the mobile device as a the starting point for cashless transactions (Forrester Benchmark 2008: Mobile is Everywhere by Charles S. Golvin).

With cash losing its relevance, the WDA [Wearable Digital Assistants] will become the primary payment device within the next 10 to 15 years.9 The WDA will replace the physical wallet for anonymous micropayments and enable point-of-sale payments with direct debits. – Intelligent Devices will Drive Ubiquitous Banking 

This is RBC making a really strong bet on building a Canadian mobile monetary platform without having to rely on the carriers. The carriers are just that, carriers of the SMS and HTTP packets that reach mobile phones, mobile web browsers and web browsers of the banks customers. I wonder if there is a way that they can or will build this beyond the Canadian borders. Good on RBC, they seem to be putting a stake in the ground based on solid research.

The program is open for any Canadian bank account holder to try out. Sign up and give it a poke, i.e., send me money 😉

CanUX 2008

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Jess and Gene and the nForm crew are hosting another CanUX workshop in Banff this November. They have managed to put together a fantastic group of user experience design speakers. The CanUX event is a very intimate venue that is limited to 75 attendees. You get a great opportunity to connect with other user experience professionals and engage with everyone in a very personal environment. The sessions provided by the Banff Centre for the Arts are some of the most engaging executive training sessions that round out the sit back and learn engagement. Just check out the speakers coming to share their stories and experiences:

CanUX comes immediately after StartupEmpire in Toronto. I am clearing my schedule to travel to Banff and spend some quality time at a great user experience conference. That and apparently ski season opens at Sunshine on November 7, 2008 so wax up your board(s) and get ready to for a UX conference that is unparalleled in intimacy. It is a great conference for designers looking for an opportunity to connect with other designers and speakers in an intimate environment, to learn about techniques, methods and tools to improve their craft. It is a great conference for developers looking to expand their understanding of how designers, developers and strategists work together on real world projects.

What: CanUX 2008
When: Sunday, November 16, 2008 10:00 AM to Tuesday, November 18, 2008 10:00 AM
Where: THE BANFF CENTRE

107 TUNNEL MOUNTAIN DR BOX 1020
Banff, Alberta T1L 1H5

Tipping Canoe – User Experience Specialist

Winnipeg, MB

Tipping Canoe is an international web development company with a passion for creating influential and creative consumer based sites. We believe that the relationship between consumers and merchants is changing rapidly and that the clever consumer is influencing a massive shift in the traditional power dynamic. We believe that the future of online advertising and purchasing will be radically different than today and that this revolution will be based on connecting clever consumers.

Our success in this field and the immense growth we are experiencing means that we are constantly looking for motivated, intelligent and switched-on developers who are as excited as us about creating and nurturing cutting-edge web technologies. Please find details below on our currently open positions. Shoot us a note using the contact link below if you want to talk more!

Our development dojo is expanding and we need a crafty, clever and creative UX/UID specialist to compliment our existing skilled ninjas. A formal education in user-centred design (UID/UX/HCI) and basic knowledge of web technologies is an advantage. You must have experience and demonstrable skill with:

  • Prototyping and creating design and functional specification documents (storyboards, usage scenarios, navigation maps)
  • User research and informal test groups
  • Analysing and monitoring current interface implementations
  • Recommending, presenting and leading changes to the user interface
  • Working collaboratively in a product development team

You must have a passion for emerging web technologies and an interest in the rapid changes occurring in web interface design. Our ninjas work on the leading edge of web applications and you will be given freedom to experiment with new theory and practice.

Apply

You must be comfortable working with, and troubleshooting in a high availability business critical environment and be the sort of person who likes to ‘own’ what you set up. We offer our people a lot of autonomy and responsibility and welcome those who are driven and who love what they do. We’re also happy to offer what we consider to be a fantastic work environment, and have a commitment to paying people what they’re worth.

To apply for any of the positions, please send your resume and a brief cover letter here.